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The 2021 CNS Honors Thesis Symposium was held remotely over Zoom on April 29 and 30, 2021. Sixty-two students from Polymathic Scholars, Health Science Scholars, and Dean's Scholars presented their Capstone research in three- and four-student, faculty-moderated panels, and 278 guests attended, including families and friends from around the world. The schedule of presentations is below.


THURSDAY, APRIL 29

Session 1: 10 – 10:50 a.m.
https://utexas.zoom.us/j/98402825076


NOVEL APPROACHES TO MENTAL HEALTH
Moderator: Alex Huk, Department of Neuroscience

Miles Gibson
Maintenance Electroconvulsive Therapy Use in Adolescents for Long-Term Remission in Treating Major Depressive Disorder

Andre Taylor
Video Games and Mental Health

Sophia Bibb
The Relationship Between Sensory Processing Sensitivity and Trauma

 


Session 2: 11 – 11:50 a.m.

https://utexas.zoom.us/j/96658695671

INNOVATIONS IN HEALTHCARE
Moderator: Erin Donovan, Department of Communication Studies

Preethi Keerthipati
Antibacterial Face Mask Design Based on the Surface Structure of Cicada Wings

Bilal Haque
The Impact of Technology on Diabetes Distress

Barna Veli
Implementation of Multidisciplinary Care Teams in Cancer Care


CELESTIAL OBJECTS: FIRST STARS, NASCENT STARS, AND EXOPLANETS

Moderator: Rachel Gonzalez-Martin, Department of Mexican American and Latin/a Studies

Gina Chen
Modeling Filamentary Structures in Simulated Star-Forming Regions

Zoe de Beurs
Understanding Celestial Objects With Artificial Intelligence: Novel Methods of Exoplanet Detection and X-ray Binary Classification

Rabia Husain
Neutron Star Remnants from the First Stars

 


Session 3: 1 – 1:50 p.m.

https://utexas.zoom.us/j/91023591397


CHALLENGES IN HEALTH COMMUNICATION
Moderator: Craig Hurwitz, Dell Medical School

Mahad Rehman
Using Social Media for Health Campaigns in Developing Countries: A Case Study with Antibiotic Resistance

Anila Katragadda
Awareness of Cognitive Bias is an Integral Part of Health Literacy

Sebastian Hama
Social, Cultural, and Historical Factors of the United States Antidepressant Overuse Epidemic

MAKING THINGS BETTER: REFINING ALGORITHMS
Moderator: Mike Mauk, Department of Neuroscience

Jeremy Cook
On the Relationships Between Z-, C-, and H-Local Unitaries

Brendan Fitzgerald
Understanding and Applying the Updated Module Boundaries of Modular Type I Polyketide Synthases

Connor Davis
Probing the Fastest Light Pulses in the Universe


SESSION 4: 2 – 2:50 p.m.

https://utexas.zoom.us/j/95711866622

THE REACHES OF ART: ANATOMICAL ILLUSTRATION, ARCHITECTURAL STRIPING, AND THE RUMBA COMPLEX
Moderator: Donnie Sackey, Department of Rhetoric and Writing

Alyssa Wu
The Enduring Impact of Pre-Renaissance Anatomy

Shireen Shah
The Architectural History of Striping

Arhian Albis Ramos
Three Essential Moments in the Evolution of Cuban Rumba

HIGHER MATH: ELECTRON DYNAMICS, MARKOV CHAINS, AND ALCOVE WALKS
Moderator: Arturo De Lozanne, Department of Molecular Biosciences

David Garcia
Above-Threshold Ionization in Ultra-Intense Laser Fields

Alexander Halsey
Cournot Competition as a Continuous State Space Markov Chain

Matthew Huynh
Alcove Walks and Spherical Whittaker Functions

 


SESSION 5: 3 – 3:50 p.m.

https://utexas.zoom.us/j/98480545343


SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
Moderator: James Pennebaker, Department of Psychology

Samuel Lin
A Comprehensive View of the Health Disparities in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury

Sabrina Benitez
Medical Mistrust as a Barrier to PrEP Adoption in Black Women at Risk for HIV Infection

Michelle Sanchir
Urban Redevelopment and the Health of Black Residents in East Austin


HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND ITS EFFECTS
Moderator: David Hillis, Department of Integrative Biology

Lauren Do
Universal Suicide Screenings in Pediatric Emergency Departments


Meghan Mallya
Emotional Stimuli and Fixation on Negative Thoughts' Influence Efficiency of Replacement in Working Memory

Stefani Barre
Using an SIR Model to Predict the Spread of COVID-19 in Travis County

 



FRIDAY, APRIL 30

Session 6: 10 – 10:50 a.m.

https://utexas.zoom.us/j/98865116128

 

EMERGING ISSUES IN SOCIAL INEQUALITY
Moderator: Caryn Carlson, Department of Psychology

Joy Li
The Lived Experience of Transition for Individuals With Gender Dysphoria

Ananya Bashyam
Ethno-Racial Microaggressions and Their Implications on South Asian American Adolescent Identity Formation

Fouad Debs
Investigating the Social Effects of Homelessness on School-Age Children

TESTING AND TREATMENT
Moderator: Laura Colgin, Department of Neuroscience

Purvee Patel
What’s in Your Water? – Diagnostic Testing for Cryptosporidium Parvum

Amanda Xia
Characterization of T Cell Receptor Specificity to Mediate Immune Responses

Zijian Wang
Methionine and Cyst(e)ine Depletion with Engineered Enzymes for the Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

 



Session 7: 11 – 11:55 a.m.
https://utexas.zoom.us/j/93463182879


CARING FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS

Moderator: Thomas Garza, Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Adarsh Melukote
Identifying Effective Administrative and Technological Interventions for Burnout in Medicine

Thanvi Thodati
Investigating Suicide Risk Among Women Physicians

Shilpa Rajagopal
A Changing Narrative: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Roles of Healthcare Chaplaincy and Advance Care Planning

HEALTH AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY
Moderator: Alex Huk, Department of Neuroscience

Aakansha Bagepally
Eugenic Measures Against Immigrant Women as a Means of Population Control

Audrey Gow
The Barriers to Reproductive Healthcare Services for the Refugee Population in the U.S.

Marco Flores
Big Pharma and HIV Policy: A Case Study of Gilead and PrEP Pricing

Aashna Lal
Effective Altruism in Global Health

 

 



Session 8: 1 – 1:50 p.m.

https://utexas.zoom.us/j/94722637842


FOOD AND NUTRITION

Moderator: Mike Boylan-Kolchin, Department of Astronomy

Lauren Palluth
Policing Nutrition: How School Lunch Policies Can Better Combat the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Michael DiLeo
Correlating Hunger With Eating Behaviors in Individuals with Type Two Diabetes

Alexis Salim
Food Insecurity in University Students: Improving Interventions

 

ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Moderator: Amy Simmons, Butler School of Music

Anna Yammine
A Theory-Guided Approach for Universities to Reduce Student Misuse of Prescription Stimulants

Madison Sipes
Academic Success of Average Students at The University of Texas at Austin

Lois Owolabi
Exploring the Impact of Video Games in STEM Education

 

 


Session 9: 2 – 2:50 p.m.

https://utexas.zoom.us/j/92454807287

 
HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS AND POLICY

Moderator: David Laude, Department of Chemistry

Anthony Zhang
How Have Health Professionals in Congress Affected American Health Policy?

Parker Spradley
Succeeding With Value-Based Care: How Physicians Can Improve Health and Lower Cost

Ethan Wang
Opt-In vs. Opt-Out: A Systematic Literature Review Comparing Spanish and American Systems of Deceased Organ Donation

 

COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT
Moderator: Karen Browning, Department of Molecular Biosciences

Glori Das
Optical Imaging of Retinal Muller Glia: A Potential Tool for Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease

Sindhu Venkat
Lasers, Rats, and Enzymes: Treating Cognitive Impairment

Alisha Ahmed
Neuron Morphology in the Scn1b Mouse Model of Dravet Syndrome

 

HEALTH AND CULTURE
Moderator: Rene Dailey, Department of Communication Studies

Sofia Ferguson
Curanderismo and Colonization: Historical Analysis of the Origins of Curanderismo’s Practices

Tenzin Palkyi
A Case Study of Tibetan Medicine: Examining Challenges of Establishing the Credibility of Traditional Medical Systems

Koshma Eswaramoorthy
Exploring the Broader Cross-cultural Perception of ASD in Asian Parents and the Implications for Healthcare

 


Session 10: 3 – 3:55 p.m.

https://utexas.zoom.us/j/95718376422


THE STORIES WE TELL: LITERATURE, MEDIA, AND CULTURE

Moderator: H. Michelann Quimby, Human Development and Family Sciences

Ariana Nehrbass
Science Representation in Children's Streaming Television

Joseph Carver
Dating Violence and Conservative Gender Norms in Three Versions of Twilight

Katharine Fisher
Red Uniforms and Girls on Fire: Communication with the Fashion of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Hunger Games

POLITICS AND CULTURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Moderator: Greg Sitz, Department of Physics

Divya Kolli
Motivation, Feasibility, and Ethics of Colonizing Mars

Emil Shabanov
Tourism and Urban Development in the Yucatan

Srividya Kottapalli
Populistic Nationalism and Globalization

Bowen Song
Conspiracy Theories and Polarization: How Modern-Day Conspiracy Theories are Fueled by Echo Chambers